Backstory and Context
Noccalula, a Native American chief's daughter, was being forced to marry a wealthy chief from another village. This wedding arrangement could bring peace, weapons, food and other necessities to both tribes, therefore the chief was persistent in arranging the marriage. Even though her heart already belonged to a great warrior in her tribe, her father felt the man wasn’t worthy (wealthy) enough for his daughter, and to avoid destroying the arrangement with the neighboring chief, Noccalula's father banished the young man from his tribe. On the day of the wedding, Noccalula let herself be dressed in the wedding robes, but a great depression soon set over her. She quietly slipped away and leaped into the falls. With great grief, the chief named the falls Noccalula after they claimed his daughters’ life.